Hoges:

The Paul Ho­gan story

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - LIVING - SHAN­NON MOL­LOY and HOLLY BYRNES

THE wig doesn’t seem to fit prop­erly and the chau­vin­ist ’70s jokes won’t hit their mark with to­day’s au­di­ences.

But is there still some­thing to love about the ragsto-riches tale of ar­guably Aus­tralia’s great­est larrikin?

The biopic Hoges: The

Paul Ho­gan Story ex­plores the trans­for­ma­tion of a hum­ble sub­ur­ban kid into one of our pi­o­neer­ing TV tal­ents, still liv­ing the Hol­ly­wood dream.

Josh Law­son, who shares the tele­movie’s lead role with

Glitch and Pu­berty Blues ac­tor Sean Keenan, be­lieves the au­di­ence has much to learn and cel­e­brate about this lo­cal hero. “He lived such a fas­ci­na­tion­ing and sur­pris­ing life,” Law­son said. “He was the guy you’d least ex­pect it all to hap­pen to. He was com­plex but he was sim­ple in a lot of ways too. When he first went on TV, there hadn’t been a char­ac­ter like that. TV was [all] put-to­gether gen­tle­men with ar­tic­u­late voices and then Hoges burst in look­ing like a bloke you’d have a beer with,” Law­son said.

His prepa­ra­tion for the role was en­gross­ing. Still, the ac­tor is ex­pect­ing crit­i­cism.

“Peo­ple re­mem­ber Hoges and they know him, they love him, so they have ex­pec­ta­tions about my ver­sion. There’s a real and tan­gi­ble com­par­i­son … they’re prob­a­bly pro­tec­tive. I put a lot of pres­sure on my­self … that’s par for the course.”

Dy­namic duo: Josh Law­son (right) as Paul Ho­gan and Ryan Corr as John Cor­nell in Hoges: The Paul Ho­gan Story.

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